The streets surrounding the 9/11 memorials are restricted to authorized vehicles only. Once you approach the area, the first thing you’ll notice is the buzz of New York City quickly hushes down to a quiet murmur. There were white roses on seemingly random names surrounding the monument. And when I found a sign that said something along the lines of “The 9/11 Tribute staff places white roses out for victim’s birthdays” I certainly teared up.
Now, to be completely honest, I haven’t been to many memorials that have had such a deep meaning as the 9/11 Tribute. Also, I will tell you that I personally didn’t know anyone that passed away on 9/11. This is my second visit though, and as far as I am concerned, this is the most somber place I’ve ever been to. I don’t know what about it makes it feel so personal. Maybe it’s the fact that it happened in my life time or that I distinctly remember where I was when it happened.
One thing I will never be able to wrap my head around is, why are people taking selfies in front of these monuments? Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this? Thousands of people lost their lives here. *Cheese!* Seriously? I cant… if I start to rant, I will never stop. You’d never catch me going to a memorial, where people died, and take selfies.
One thing I said several times prior to (and during) our trip to NYC was that I couldnt wait to see Times Square at night. This was my second trip to the Big Apple and I was determined to see it in all of its neon glory. Times Square is like no other place I’ve ever experienced. Performers and tourists and cars all joined together in the orchestra that rang against the tall buildings. It was like being at a concert that contained many different stages. Everywhere you turned, there was something different and interesting to watch and enjoy.
I wish I could convey in this image the awesomness that is the view of Central Park from the top of the Rockefeller building. If you ever have a chance to go to “Top of the Rock”, I would certainly recommend you visit just before sunset. Better yet, stay. Stay until it is well passed sunset and watch the city light up around you. There aren’t words to describe it. I could only hope to be able to capture its beauty.
When I planned a trip to NYC, this was the picture that I based the entire visit around. As the sun went down and the city lit up, it was absolutely breath taking. “The City that Never Sleeps” buzzing around below us seemed silent in the wind that gushed through the pained glass walls surrounding much of the observation deck atop the Rockefeller Building. I spend much of the 2 hours just soaking up the view and only taking a hand full of photos.